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You're reading: Putin assassination attempt? I’m not buying it

A group of criminals, already on the international wanted lists, were arrested in the Ukrainian seaside resort of Odesa in January after a bomb accidentally exploded in their apartment killing one and injuring two more.

One of the men confessed after weeks of interrogation that the bomb was intended for Putin "soon after the March 4 elections," according to the reports. One of the survivors, Ilya Pyanzin, claimed Chechen militant leader and Russia’s most wanted man, Doku Umarov, hired him and the deceased Ruslan Madayev to kill Putin. Pyanzin and Madayev came from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey to Ukraine. In Odesa, they were met by a local fixer, Adam Osmayev, who was supposed to brief the militants about the plan and send them to Moscow, reports RIA Novosti. There are many problems with this scenario.

The timing of the announcement immediately raises suspicions, coming only days before the vote despite the fact the men were arrested weeks ago. But even in the West the authorities would probably sit on a story like this to make maximum political use of it. The obvious incompetence of the assassins, who managed to blow themselves up, raises another question mark. However, the rest of the evidence is very thin and more importantly the entire shape of the plan jars with the way Chechen terrorists work.

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